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bNaughty Waterproof Bullet Vibe

Naughty IS nice with this little vibe

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This little vibe arrived in one of the hands-down classiest packages I've ever seen a sex toy packed in. Of course, that's got nothing to do with how it performs, but it definitely got my attention to start things off. By the time I was done with my first test drive, I was quite pleased to see that the contents of the package lived up to my first impression.

LOOKS: If you find yourself feeling self-conscious about buying sex toys, because they're usually packaged in see-through plastic, and half of 'em have naked people cavorting around on the labels, you'll appreciate the bNaughty waterproof bullet vibe at first sight! As for the vibe itself, there are three colors available: A deep red, a warm mahogany and simple, classic black, all with a nice, matte finish, which, for some reason, just looks classier than regular old shiny plastic. Top it all off with a nice drawstring storage bag, and the whole presentation makes you feel like you're really treating yourself to something special.

CONSTRUCTION: I'm not sure how they managed to get such a velvety-soft finish on what is essentially your basic, plastic egg vibrator, but it's fantastic. The cord connecting the egg to the controller is covered in color-matched plastic, with reinforcing collars at both ends to protect it from wearing out. The faster/slower buttons are covered with a flexible plastic membrane, and are easy to use whether or not you're looking at the controls.

FEATURES: The bNaughty is waterproof, first and foremost. Not "water resistant" (which is code for "it might be OK in the shower, but forget about the bathtub), but actually billed as waterproof. It has 4 vibration speeds, ranging from "barely a tickle" to "oh MY", with idiot proof controls (up arrow = faster, down arrow = slower), and an easy-access screw-off battery compartment cover. The one feature that would be *really* nice is having a rechargeable built-in battery, but I've bought quite a few rechargeable AA battery sets, so I always have a few extra around.

TECHNIQUE: To be perfectly honest, the bNaughty did not have the horsepower to get the job done by itself, for me. Not that I don't still like the little thing, because I do … it just needed a little help in my case. Luckily, I had my trusty Pocket Rocket handy, and that was all the bNaughty needed to go from "oh MY" to "OHMYGAWD". It's kind of a similar effect to a rabbit vibe, but you have a lot more control over the pocket rocket than you ever do over the position of the rabbit's built-in bullet. (Best of all, the nice little bag the bNaughty comes with is plenty big enough to tuck the Pocket Rocket in with it.)

CONCLUSION: If you're satisfied with less-intense vibrators, the bNaughty might do the job for you just fantastically. If you need a little more oomph, the bNaughty is a fantastic companion to your favorite clit vibe, and adds some serious zing to oral sex! It would probably also be outstanding for prostate stimulation, but you might want to put a condom on it, to give you something more than just the power cord to help pull it out.

Hitachi's Magic Wand: Unbelievable

Holy instantaneous orgasm, Batman!

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The Hitachi Magic Wand lives up to it's reputation. If the Rabbit Habit is a well-meaning guy who isn't quite getting it right, but manages to get the job done anyway, the Hitachi is an anonymous screamingly-orgasmic quickie in a public restroom.

LOOKS: The Magic Wand looks like something out of a medical supply catalog. There's nothing even vaguely beautiful or sexy about this toy. It was designed as a muscle massager, and it shows. You could leave it lying around the house, and nobody (who didn't already own one themselves) would be any the wiser as to its x-rated applications.

CONSTRUCTION: The massaging head is a slightly flattened ball of vinyl (?) covered padding, connected by a short neck to a gigantic white plastic handle, with an electrical cord hanging off the other end. It seems built sturdily enough that you could bludgeon someone with it in the afternoon, and still use it to "massage" yourself to sleep later that night.

FEATURES: A two speed on-off switch. The speeds are marked as "low" and "high", but I think that's code for "almost unbearably strong" and "for use on major muscle groups only". No fancy bells and whistles here; Hitachi designed this beast to do one thing, and one thing only: relax sore muscles. The fact that it's also the most notoriously reliable orgasm generator known to womankind is a bonus feature.

TECHNIQUE: Yes, the vibrations are as intense as everyone says, and that is one of the complaints many people have about the Magic Wand: The vibrations are actually too much to bear for some. In fact, I find it works better through a blanket, or a pair of jeans, or some other protective barrier, because while the vibrating head is cushioned, it's not quite cushioned enough for direct-skin contact for me. And I'd advise you to take a rest between orgasms, because otherwise (even with extra padding), the relentless vibration WILL make your clit go numb … VERY quickly.

CONCLUSION: I need to get the Gee Whiz attachment for my Magic Wand. I have a feeling the Hitachi will put to rest forever my complaint that vibes designed for penetration are never quite strong enough to do the job. But even without fancy attachments, you'd better believe this baby is staying permanently plugged in next to my bed. I think my Pocket Rocket is going to get really jealous.

If you're looking for efficiency in an orgasm, you can't go wrong with this toy! Oh, and it's not bad for sore shoulders either… ;-)

The Sister & The Blonde: Thumbs up for Hitachi

The Sister becomes a Hitachi convert:

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Ah that infamous personal massager, it's name being synonymous with vibrations more intense than most toys, I'd been curious. I got the Hitachi Magic Wand and was not let down in the least! Just looking at it reminds you that it's not really intended for masturbation purposes, with a sphereish padded vinyl head (just over 2" tall and a circumference just under 8") and a flexible neck attaching it to a hard plastic handle that's just over 9" long, it looks so innocent… And with a power cord rather than batteries, this has quickly become my favorite toy!

This sucker has two setting, both capable of giving you quick and intense orgasms. The low setting seems to have more of a bass like vibrations while the high setting seems more treble like. If the vibrations prove to much for you, it still works wonders through fabric of your choosing (pants, towel, etc). I love that the head seems to be able to just nestle itself into your nether regions and engulf it in intense vibrations. So if you're looking for intense penetrating vibrations (but don't mind going without penetration), I highly recommend it!

Overall, I give it an 8. It'd probably get a 10 if I had the Gee Whiz attachment, though ;)

The Blonde gives another thumbs up:

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Yeah! The Hitachi Magic Wand! For all those out there who have the "Fuck Foreplay" mentality, this is the toy for you. Cum hard, cum now, cum often.

The wand itself is rather large (about a foot long), corded, slightly unwieldly (the boyfriend joked it was a two-hander), and loud. But the simple joy of climaxing again and again with little or no time or effort makes it well worth it.

A note about usage: It was designed to work out muscles, and is a little aggressive for those with sensitive clitoral areas (and who doesn't have a sensitive clitoris?). I found using the wand over a couple layers of cloth works quite well (panties & pajama pants, for example). I've only ever used the Wand on the LOW setting. Low is a suitably aggressive vibration, High terrifies me.

The Magic Wand is a fabulous, fucking beautiful addition to any toy chest.

The Sister & The Blonde weigh in: Mixed Reviews for the Rabbit

The Sister's thoughts on the Rabbit Habit:

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Well, the Eco Kit's on back order, so in the mean time, we've received the Elastomer Rabbit Habit!

I was instantly interested simply because it's that one vibrator mentioned on Sex and the City. That and I go nowhere without (and usually only) clitoral stimulation, so it looked like one I could enjoy! I certainly did, though I enjoyed it a lot more while only using the rabbit and leaving the shaft and pearls turned off (the rabbit also vibrates more intensely when used on its own).

The shape and size of the pink sparkly penis is perfect, for me at least. When using all features though, I did notice how hard to was to actually feel the twirling action of the shaft. And the pearls, while enjoyed, need a motor with more oomph, as they stall at a mere kegel squeeze or moving/thrusting the Habit at any angle other than parallel with yourself. (And I think they might benefit being made of a hard rubber vs. plastic.)

But using it as I did (with only the rabbit going), it was great! It made vaginal stimulation (thrusting my way to a sore wrist, that is), a key part of orgasm, a wonderful change of pace for me! So if you have issues orgasming via vaginal stimulation, I highly recommend this toy for you!

The Blonde puts in her two cents' worth:

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The Elastomer Rabbit Habit: Great in theory, so-so in practice. The elastomer material was fantastic … latex & pthalate free, it maintained delightful feel & playability without toxic plastic smell, or that tell-tale vaginal dryness that comes with some plastics.

The Rabbit comes with two motor control switches: One for the bullet-vibe rabbit, and one for the shaft/pearl contraption. The shaft rotates at a 15º angle, while the beads rotate around on tracks to stimulate the vaginal opening. Sounds fabulous, doesn't it?

Unfortunately, the motor in the shaft was so weak that it wouldn't maintain rotation while inserted unless it was turned all the way up. Even then, if you're the kind of girl who enjoys their stimulation at any sort of an angle, any significant added pressure also stops the motor. So, one is left holding the vibrator still, and allowing it to do "its thing."

Sadly for this girl, "its thing" wasn't nearly as exciting as I had hoped. The Rabbit vibrating bit is pretty fantastic … well, it would have been, IF it had been placed to actually have any decent contact with my clit. Happily, I found the lovely bendy elastomer could be manipulated in such a way that I could pry the rabbit & its ears up, and position them where I needed them to be. Once positioned, HURRAH!! Orgasm can be reached!

Overall, yes, the Rabbit Habit would be a satisfying toy for those with passive tastes. For those of us with more aggressive needs I suppose it gets "the job" done, just not with the "O" factor so widely touted.

The Rabbit Habit: Not Mr. Right, but a great Mr. Right Now

Vibratex's Elastomer Rabbit Habit:

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Boy oh boy, was I excited to get my hands on the Elastomer Rabbit Habit … Rabbit-type vibes are one of the most famous styles of sex toy out there, thanks to Sex and the City, and I couldn't wait to see if they lived up to their hype!

LOOKS: OK, I'm not thrilled with the purple/sparkly look. Really, it's just not my style. I'd be thrilled if they offered a Rabbit Habit in black, or red, or blue, or any non-see-through, non-sparkly color except pink. But there you go. It's transparent lavender/purple, with iridescent sparkles.

CONSTRUCTION: This model of Rabbit vibe is made of elastomer, which is softer than vinyl, and safer than jelly. Jelly vibes are made with a mix of materials, some of which are softened with chemicals called pthalates, which are suspected of causing hormonal disruption and possibly linked to cancer … in short, I won't use ANY jelly toy, no matter how fun the squishable-yet-firm texture may be. Elastomer, on the other hand, has roughly the same texture as jelly materials, but is both pthalate and latex free (important for folks who're allergic to latex!), so there's no strange chemical worries.

The base of this Rabbit model is made of old-fashioned tan plastic, and all the little parts inside are made of a mix of plastic and metal. (On my vibe, the sliding battery compartment door doesn't seem to latch very snugly, but since I suspect Rabbit vibes aren't really intended for rough play, this hasn't been a problem.)

THE EXTERNAL RABBIT BULLET VIBE: Babeland's page for the Elastomer Rabbit Habit mentions that the angle of the external rabbit vibe was changed for better clit contact during use, and after looking at the picture of the original Rabbit Habit, and the similar Rabbit Pearl, I'm wondering if I'm shaped oddly! ;-) The fact that I can't get a more upright Rabbit combined with the pthalate free material is a shame. That said, the elastomer IS flexible enough for you to reposition the rabbit somewhat after the dildo is fully inserted.

Finding the right speed for the bullet vibe is a little tricky … just when you think you've got it perfect, you change the setting on the shaft control and the rabbit suddenly changes intensity. Good thing the sliders are right there on top, and easy to operate …

THE SPINNING "PEARLS": I was expecting these to be the real knockout feature of the Rabbit Habit, but when I first tried it out, I couldn't even feel them! What a letdown … until a few minutes later, just when I got close to orgasm, and all of a sudden, "HOLY HELL! THE BEADS!" However, if I got overly enthusiastic and squeezed down on the bead section, they stopped moving. After a few more tries, just to make sure, the results were consistent: I didn't notice the fancy spinning beads until right at the end, but boy, just so long as I didn't squeeze too hard, I was really glad they were there.

NOTE: It seems that all of Vibratex's other Rabbit-style vibes are made of vinyl, which should give them a firmer feel, but they have the loose "pearl" beads, which apparently stop moving even easier than the beads on fixed tracks featured on the elastomer model.

THE ROTATING SHAFT: The rotating shaft is a mixed blessing. When I tried to hold the Rabbit in my hand the whole time it was running, the plastic battery compartment wiggled in my hand, no matter how hard I tried to hold it steady. However, when I got the shaft at the angle I wanted it, and then squeezed my legs together to hold it steady, the rotating shaft started doing its thing, and did it well. I've never had a dildo, vibrating or not, that actually provided g-spot stimulation I noticed before this one, and I must say I rather like it!

TECHNIQUE: After a few tries (and then a few tries more, just for fun), I got the hang of the Habit, and here are my tips: Find a good angle for the shaft, and rather than trying to "shove" it into the sweet spot, clamp your legs down to hold it in place (personally, the rotating/beads thing didn't do a thing for me unless it was turned all the way up, but you might be more sensitive to the sensations than I was). Turn the shaft up until you notice it moving inside you, then adjust the position & setting on the external vibe until it's where you want it. Then lay back and wait.

After a few minutes it snuck up on me. As someone who's never been able to masturbate to orgasm with anything but direct clitoral stimulation, the level of vaginal sensation was surprising … it wasn't an earth-shattering, bedsheet-clawing, screaming orgasm, but it was definitely unlike anything I've ever felt from a toy.

It was a much more "full body" orgasm than my trusty Pocket Rocket can manage. If I had to pick a single adjective to describe it, I'd say "sweet". It was a sweet, cuddly little orgasm (followed by another, and another, until my clit got way oversensitive) … and I suppose that's rather fitting for a transparent purple, sparkly vibrator with a little bunny and a hidden smiley face on the shaft …

CONCLUSION: The Rabbit Habit definitely isn't for everyone. If you want a toy you can manhandle, this probably isn't the vibe for you. If you want super-intense, Hitachi-style stimulation, this definitely isn't the toy for you. If you're really into large-size toys (or men), the Rabbit's mid-size shaft probably won't get the job done. If you want a quiet toy, or a super-precise efficient vibe, this is also not the toy you're looking for.

But, I suspect the Elastomer Rabbit Habit, or one of its cousins in the Rabbit vibe family, is a perfect vibe for women who have trouble orgasming during vaginal sex. The way the beads and rotating shaft suddenly go WOW! right as you orgasm might be just the trick to "train" reluctant nerve endings to appreciate vaginal stimulation more! This vibe would also be great for people who want vaginal stimulation without deep penetration, and for any woman who's sensitive to g-spot stimulation or indirect clit vibration.

The Elastomer Rabbit Habit isn't going to replace my Pocket Rocket any time soon, but the lil' Rocket is going to have to get used to having a roommate in my "favorite toys" drawer from now on!